Congressional Policy Fellowship

ASGCT will select one member annually to participate in a year-long policy fellowship on Capitol Hill.


Apply for the 2023-2024 Congressional Policy Fellowship from Oct. 15, 2022 to Jan. 15, 2023.

Overview and Benefits

In partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), ASGCT will select one applicant each year to participate in a year-long policy fellowship on Capitol Hill. Fellows will provide high-quality, science-based, independent guidance to federal policy makers and elevate awareness of the Society among policymaking circles. This policy fellowship is a truly unique learning and career advancement opportunity for a member scientist interested in policy development and application. At the end of the fellowship, fellows will be equipped to give back to other ASGCT members through educational presentations and by continuing to promote the science of gene and cell therapy among their new policy networks. The mission of ASGCT’s Congressional Policy Fellowship is to provide ASGCT members with a valuable opportunity to further their own professional development while simultaneously advancing the mission of the Society as a whole: to advance knowledge, awareness, and education leading to the discovery and clinical application of genetic and cellular therapies to alleviate human disease.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements, application materials, and key deadlines in our overview and benefits document.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

  • Be a member of ASGCT and plan to remain a member in good standing for the duration of the fellowship. Not an ASGCT member yet? Take the first step. Submit your membership application at least five business days prior to the application deadline to allow sufficient time for processing.

  • Have a PhD or equivalent doctoral-level degree from an accredited institution at the time of application. The doctoral degree should be in one of the fields relevant to ASGCT’s mission such biological or biomedical sciences, health sciences, biochemistry, pharmacology, genetics and genomics, or related specializations.

  • Be a U.S. citizen.

  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which is necessary to participate in required in-person meetings on the Hill.

Federal employees are not eligible to apply.

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What is the fellowship term?

The fellowship is a 12-month learning experience beginning on September 1 and ending on August 31 of the following year. Individuals accepting a fellowship must sign an agreement acknowledging this year-long commitment.

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Do I need to live in Washington, D.C. during the fellowship?

The program requires all fellows to relocate to the D.C. metro area for the duration of the fellowship year. ASGCT will provide a moving stipend to assist with relocation costs if fellows need to relocate from more than 50 miles away.

During the COVID-19 pandemic AAAS fellowships were held virtually; ASGCT fully expects that 2023 fellows will be based in Washington, D.C.

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When will selected fellows be notified?

Applications will close January 15 each year. Finalists will be invited to interview with ASGCT in March and the selected fellow will be notified by mid-April.

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Which congressional office will I be placed in?

The fellow has total control over which congressional office or committee they choose to work in. The fellow is responsible for securing a congressional placement with assistance from the AAAS. ASGCT will have no input in the placement selection.

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What resources will be available to me during my fellowship year?

Every fellow will attend a mandatory two-week orientation session organized by AAAS on the workings of the federal government that will provide exposure to some of the issues, institutions, and individuals involved in federal policymaking. That orientation will take place in early September of the fellowship year. Following orientation, AAAS will offer assistance to all fellows in securing congressional office or committee placements. In addition, AAAS hosts monthly seminars, newsletters, and networking events for fellows’ benefit. Fellows will also be added to the AAAS alumni listserv and website.

ASGCT staff will be available to our fellow for the duration of their fellowship to provide support through monthly check-ins, access to cell and gene therapy experts, and exposure to ASGCT’s scientific and policy programing.

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2023

26th Annual Meeting

May 16-20 | Los Angeles, CA

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